Years ago, it was a family tradition to pass down the secrets to treasured recipes and spend hours in the kitchen teaching children to cook. Somewhere between the addiction to video games and the overactive schedules of parents and children, cooking lessons have been neglected.
While there are many reasons for teaching kids to cook -- less expensive than eating out, preserves family heritage, etc. -- the most important reason is that by teaching your child to cook, you're giving him a better chance to be a healthy grown-up. Enabling your child with the ability to appreciate freshness and to transform ingredients into tasty foods opens their eyes to making wiser choices about what to eat.
Cooking is perfect for children. They enjoy assembling, measuring and chopping tasks. It offers them an opportunity to be proud of their accomplishments and to share them with others. Cooking has activities for all ages. Here are some age-appropriate activities that can you get your started:
Activities for children 3-6 years old:
Activities for children 6-10 years old:
Activities for 10-13 year olds:
Activities for teens: